We’re pleased to announce that Fortinet has been named a Visionary in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure for the third year in a row. We believe this recognition is a testament to the unique and powerful capabilities of Fortinet’s Wired and Wireless LAN portfolio. Our solutions feature embedded real-time cyber-risk visibility powered by artificial intelligence (AI), security by design without additional licensing costs, and platform integration with built-in intelligence that can dynamically address digital transformation.
The Power of a Converged Security and Networking Solution
Back when devices on the network stayed put and access to the network was fixed, it was a simple matter to apply security to the LAN. But in today’s new digital marketplace, that’s no longer true; as a result, networking and security can no longer afford separate systems. Instead, today’s organizations require a networking solution designed to support and secure their evolving needs.
Accomplishing this, however, requires converging security and networking into a single solution. This ensures that protections can naturally expand and adapt as networking requirements evolve. Only a strategy centered on the convergence of networking and security can deliver crucial benefits for security and IT teams, enabling them to provide a consistent user experience in even the most robust environments while improving security and reducing complexities.
As a driving force in the convergence of networking and security, we believe Fortinet is the only company capable of delivering the secure switching and secure wireless LANs that today’s organizations require. We believe that being recognized as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure for the third consecutive year is a testament to that ongoing commitment. By providing a holistic converged wired, wireless, and security solution, Fortinet helps organizations embrace digital innovation and expand their digital footprint without being exposed to new risks.
The Value of Fortinet’s Wired and Wireless LAN Portfolio
By making wired and wireless networks an extension of the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall, Fortinet enables organizations to seamlessly integrate their network infrastructure with their security architecture. This unique approach also allows organizations to support new digital innovation outcomes without exposing themselves to new cyber risks. Additionally, integration between the Fortinet Wired and Wireless LAN portfolio and FortiAOps enables the delivery of consistent AI-powered performance insights across the LAN, Wireless LAN, and WAN and improves its ability to provide NOC teams with the real-time visibility of potential issues they need to intervene before network users are impacted.
Here are just a few examples of the advantages that Fortinet’s Wired and Wireless LAN solutions provide:
- Unifies Management. As we ask our networks to do more, they naturally become more difficult to maintain, especially when security is added to the mix. We simplify those challenges through a single management platform designed for the LAN and network security. We also utilize AI and ML to further simplify day-to-day management. As a result, IT cycles are minimized, allowing admins to reduce the amount of context switching necessary to manage the security, LAN, Wireless, SD-WAN, and 5G/LTE gateway components of their network.
- Reduces Costly Licensing. While other vendors require standalone wireless LAN controllers to be bundled with term licenses, no additional costs or license fees are required to enable Fortinet Wired and Wireless LAN management or NAC features. By bundling both a switching and wireless LAN controller into the FortiGate platform, we eliminate overlays, reduce TCO, and deliver operational cost savings to customers.
- Seamlessly integrates with the Fortinet Security Fabric. Fortinet’s Wired and Wireless LAN solution is included as part of any organization’s investment in the Fortinet Security Fabric—the industry’s highest-performing cybersecurity mesh platform. Platform-based management enables a holistic network view, from LAN to WAN to the cloud.
Part of the power of the Fortinet approach is that these and similarly innovative features all operate under the umbrella of a single operating system, FortiOS. This approach, the only one like it in the industry, enables traditionally isolated systems to operate as a unified system. It also allows intelligence to be gathered consistently across the network, so our advanced AI/ML engines can centrally correlate and analyze it in real time.
But that’s just the start. We are committed to the ongoing development of our visionary wired and wireless solutions. We believe our approach is the best way to provide the advanced networking and security solutions today’s organizations need while extending consistent availability and security across today’s hybrid networks.
Read the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure to see why Fortinet has been named a Visionary in this year’s report.
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